The Lord’s veils are not to be tampered with. They should never be removed without instruction or out of season, and they should never be lifted from in between unintended partners. Veils are established by God, so that betrothed parties have the opportunity to develop into a state where the veil can be safely broken or removed.
When a veil is broken by God, the effect of freshly exposing and combining matured parties works in favor of them together in one, new, whole unit. Ultimately, both sides of a veil are intended to benefit from the covenant of mutual intentions but only in the proper season. If we observe the story of Abraham and his covenant, we can see God’s perfect utilization of veils.
As we begin, let’s remember that the “seed” of our redemption and Satan’s destruction was spoken in the beginning. God has always known His plan.
14 And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: 15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
God’s plan existed in the beginning, but it couldn’t be unveiled and employed until the appropriate season. That plan was His seed, Jesus, who awaited the timing of God to be sent into the earth to perform the work of salvation, originally spoken by the word of God. He would need to work within our physical side of the veil to reveal how we can transition into the eternal promise contained on the other, spiritual side. If the seed were to come too soon, humanity would figuratively “miscarry,” and God’s promise for mankind would fail to be birthed.
The Seed of Abraham
If God’s plan was known from the beginning, Abraham’s covenant is essentially a the introduction of His plan. Before removing the veil to establish a covenant, God needed a faithful partner. After finding that in Abraham, God began to disclose more of His plan through the presentation and declaration of His covenant.
And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. 2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. 3 And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, 4 As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. 5 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee. 6 And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. 7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. 8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God. 9 And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations. 10 This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised. 11 And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you. 12 And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed. 13 He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. 14 And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.
- In an earthly sense, a man withholds the secrets of his heart until he finds a help meet who is faithful enough to receive them. In the earth, God found faith in Abraham to declare the secrets of His plan through the covenant made with him.
- Along with other scriptures, Genesis 17 describes the covenant, which is conditional. By conditional, we mean that the purpose and benefits of covenants can only be enjoyed by the parties who remain faithful to it. Abraham could not deactivate God’s commitment to the covenant, but His obedience was necessary for him to enjoy the benefits of the covenant. So, God first says to Abram, “walk before me, and be thou perfect.” No, this is not a long or exhaustive list of laws, but it is a simple requirement, nonetheless, for Abraham to demonstrate His faith in God’s word and his commitment to their agreement by walking in obedience.
- Upon closer observation and with help of Paul’s revelation in Galatians, it is evident that this scripture speaks of two covenants—a physical covenant and a spiritual covenant. The spiritual covenant, which was to become the “New Covenant” we are currently under, is implied through verse 7 which describes it as “everlasting” and eternal and existing between God and the “seed” to come after Abraham.
- The physical covenant is notably emphasized when God declares circumcision the signifying mark” in your [Abraham’s] flesh,” of those who remain a part of His covenant. This was the “condition” of the physical covenant, and it is also represented the spiritual covenant’s condition.
- It is important to recognize that there are two covenants, because according to the parameters of a covenant, this emphasizes the requirement for faith and obedience to be demonstrated in both. The completion of the first covenant has not made obedience under the new, present-day covenant irrelevant.
- Additionally, in order for Abraham to truly be the father of our faith, he would need to obey both covenants, and that is precisely what he was able to do. Notice, he was circumcised of his flesh, and that was AFTER he was circumcised of his fleshly nature. The circumcision of his flesh was demonstrated through his obedience with Isaac.
Other Important Things to note from Genesis 17:
- Notice verse 12 and 13. It says that EVERY man that became a part of the Hebrew people was to be circumcised whether they were born of blood or bought with money (a price).
- The penalty of no circumcision was excommunication from the company of people who enjoy the covenant’s benefits, and it is a result of not being circumcised.
In Genesis 17:1-14 we see a covenant declared with Abraham, and what he and his descendants needed to do to remain connected to the physical part of that covenant. In Genesis 22:15-18 When Abraham obeyed the instructions of God to sacrifice his only son, he demonstrated his faith in the spiritual covenant. While Abraham’s faith made him a great “covenant partner” with the Lord, the Lord still needed the substance from which to build and reveal His plan for mankind’s redemption. In order, God needed something to provide physical evidence of His plan to save the world through Jesus.
15 And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, 16 And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: 17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; 18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
- Genesis 22 is different than all of the other scriptures of Abraham’s covenant, because it includes the act which became the substance of God’s plan to produce a nation through the death of the promised seed.
- Because of Abrahams faith and obedience, God says something here that he didn’t say before or in any of His other promises with Abraham. He says, “By myself have I sworn.” This is not a covenant but an oath, contingent upon no one other than Himself. This is effectively a guarantee that God will perform His word regardless, and He attached His own integrity to it.
- Abraham’s obedience to physical circumcision allowed the physical Hebrews and Israelites to benefit from God’s physical promises, but His faithful obedience to God’s word positioned Him and those with like faith to benefit from God’s spiritual promises.
- His faith and intentions connected with the faithful intentions of God, and that combination could now produce abundant fruit. Through the lineage of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, God could now establish His covenant and plant the seed of His purpose to be realized or birthed in due season.
- The reason God could make this promise and oath is because He now had the example of faith He needed to testify of His Word.
13 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, 14 Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. 15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. 16 For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife. 17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: 18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: 19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; 20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
- In Galatians 3, Paul clarifies the spiritual nature of God’s covenant with Abraham by defining the seed as Christ and those who demonstrate a surrender and faith in the Lord as Abram did before them.
Galatians 3:6-9, 15-16 6Even so Abraham BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS. 7Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham. 8The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “ALL THE NATIONS WILL BE BLESSED IN YOU.” 9So then those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham, the believer. …. 15Brethren, I speak in terms of human relations: even though it is only a man’s covenant, yet when it has been ratified, no one sets it aside or adds conditions to it. 16Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as referring to many, but rather to one, “And to your seed,” that is, Christ.
- Here, the intentions of Abraham and the intentions of God became one, and the promised seed of the covenant was conceived. This word of God, which could now be recognized through the faith of men, was the seed that needed divine protection, and now it could be seen in Abraham’s faith.
Concealing, Containing, Constraining, Dividing and Protecting the Seed
Because of the faith of Abraham, a covenant could be established, and like a Father protecting His seed, God would now do whatever it took to safeguard His oath.
8 When the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel. 9 For the Lord’s portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance. 10 He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye. 11 As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: 12 So the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him.
- After finding a suitable carrier, God would need to send forth His laws as a hard exterior to protect the child that would be birthed. The Law, itself, actually became a sort of veil that protected those abiding by it.
- NOTE THIS:
Isn’t it interesting how a baby develops in its mothers womb. Through the process of time, a fertilized egg, containing life, subtly develops a fleshy form capable of sustaining and protecting its life. Over time, flesh, or a veil, is developed to house the life it contains. Over time, baby’s physical looks have taken shape and form within the womb of the mother. In much the same way, the seed of God’s promise developed a veil within the womb of Israel, and that was the law. It grew throughout the development of Israel’s first covenant and was necessary to sustain the seed of purpose that Israel carried.
John 1:1, 14, 17
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2The same was in the beginning with God.
14And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,* (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
17For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. 18No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.*
- God’s word is law and His law is His word. As John 1 explains, the Word would eventually be “made flesh.” So, Jesus was born to embody the law within flesh.
- The purpose of the law was not to perfect the forms of existing bodies but to create and develop the form that Jesus’ body would take. Ultimately, when Jesus would be born, His body would bear a perfect resemblance of the law. He was a son who looked like His Father, in heaven.
- A baby born prematurely cannot sustain it’s life outside of the womb, much less reproduce life after it’s kind. So the arrival of Jesus would take time. This was proven when the law was given to Moses, and a veil was needed because of the Israelites inability look upon his face.
Exodus 34:1-2, 28-35
1 And the Lord said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest. 2 And be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning unto mount Sinai, and present thyself there to me in the top of the mount. …. 28 And he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments. 29 And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses’ hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him. 30 And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come nigh him. 31 And Moses called unto them; and Aaron and all the rulers of the congregation returned unto him: and Moses talked with them. 32 And afterward all the children of Israel came nigh: and he gave them in commandment all that the Lord had spoken with him in mount Sinai. 33 And till Moses had done speaking with them, he put a vail on his face. 34 But when Moses went in before the Lord to speak with him, he took the vail off, until he came out. And he came out, and spake unto the children of Israel that which he was commanded. 35 And the children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face shone: and Moses put the vail upon his face again, until he went in to speak with him.
- Moses was the physical evidence that his time was not the right time for the the law to dwell among men. The glory resting upon him from being in the presence of God was too much for the children of Israel to handle. A physical veil was necessary to cover his face, because the spiritual veil continued to be necessary to shield Israel from a God they weren’t ready to face and a Savior they weren’t prepared to receive.
- The Glow upon Moses was not ordinary type of Glow. It would have not just been some glowing light, but one which carried the impression and conviction of God’s presence. It is a type of glory and which is not just bright to the physical eyes, but revealing of the heart. The veil of Moses was implemented so that an unprepared heart would not be prematurely disposed to the effects of pure holiness.
2 Corinthians 3:12-16
12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech: 13 And not as Moses, which put a veil over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished: 14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. 15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. 16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.
- Ultimately, as laws developed among the Hebrew and Israelite people, the image of Christ developed simultaneously.
Galatians 3:23-26 23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. 26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
- If the law was never given, the physical form of Jesus would not have been appreciated. Therefore, the law was given so that by Jesus’ perfect operation within it, Israel knew they could not deny that He was the son of God.
- Interestingly, this scripture says that even today, the veil of the law remains upon the hearts of those who don’t receive Christ. It is only Christ who removes that veil.
Jesus, the Seed of Eternal Glory; Christ’s New Covenant with Humanity
Romans 4:1-8… (ESV)
1What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? 2For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” 4Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. 5And to the one who does not work but believes ina him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, 6just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works: 7“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; 8blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”
- Now remember the sign of circumcision that Abraham and his people received…
9 Is this blessing then only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? For we say that faith was counted to Abraham as righteousness. 10How then was it counted to him? Was it before or after he had been circumcised? It was not after, but before he was circumcised. 11He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was to make him the father of all who believe without being circumcised, so that righteousness would be counted to them as well, 12and to make him the father of the circumcised who are not merely circumcised but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.
- Romans 8 teaches us of how and why God required the circumcision of Abraham.
- It was a seal or outward sign of his inner commitment to the Father.
- The commitment of circumcision is a cutting away of the sensitive foreskin flesh of the male genitals, which signifies a spiritual cutting away of the flesh.
- Spiritually, Abraham’s flesh was already cut away, even before his physical flesh was, but His physical circumcision was required to make Him the Father of those who are physically connected to the law as well as those who are spiritually connected by faith.
- Faith makes us carriers of promise, just as Sarah was a carrier of Isaac. We do NOT create the seed. We simply incubate it and nurture it through obedience.
31 And thou shalt make a vail of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen of cunning work: with cherubims shall it be made: 32 And thou shalt hang it upon four pillars of shittim wood overlaid with gold: their hooks shall be of gold, upon the four sockets of silver. 33 And thou shalt hang up the vail under the taches, that thou mayest bring in thither within the vail the ark of the testimony: and the vail shall divide unto you between the holy place and the most holy. 34 And thou shalt put the mercy seat upon the ark of the testimony in the most holy place. 35 And thou shalt set the table without the vail, and the candlestick over against the table on the side of the tabernacle toward the south: and thou shalt put the table on the north side.
- So, the Israelite temple was designed by God to reflect the status of His spiritual temple which is the extent to which man and God are able to coexist and dwell in Jesus and in His presence.
- The only place where God and man can dwell together is the Holy of Holies. The only place where man can come together and meet the Father is in Jesus. We must be clean before we enter His presence or before the Holy Spirit enters our temple.
1 Corinthians 6:18-20
18Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. 19What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
1 Corinthians 3:16-17
16Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
- Collectively, the sons of God are the body of Christ and the temple of God, designed to be a place or company among whom the Lord can dwell.
1And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 2And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 4And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
- The human body is a new covenant temple of God. Every aspect of a covenant is contain within. The Flesh is the “veil” of our temple, the body!
1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50
35 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? 36 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: 37 And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: 38 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body. …. 42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: 44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 47 The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven. 48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. 49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. 50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
- Again, this scripture is another passage which details our destiny and the purpose of our physical bodies to veil our spiritual purpose.
- This passage also highlights the distinct differences between the body we now inhabit from the one we shall receive.
- Verse 50 poignantly states that “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God.” So, how do people think they can usher in the New Kingdom in their current state? According to scripture, this is not possible.
1 Corinthians 11:23-24
23For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: 24And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
- As Jesus body was broken, His veil was broken, and what happened in those moments is one of the most profound revelations within all of scripture and a critical point for understanding the veils of God
35And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. 36And sitting down they watched him there; 37And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
38Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left. 39And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, 40And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. 41Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, 42He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. 43He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God. 44The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth.
The Death of Jesus
45Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. 46And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? 47Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias. 48And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. 49The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him. 50Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. 51And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; 52And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, 53And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.*
When the body of Jesus was broken, blood began to flow until it completely covered His flesh. This blood, the unseen, life-giving substance contained within His temple, contained His DNA and nature which was and is the Holy Spirit of God. This blood, which was formerly only within His veil, now covered the physical image that the people had become familiar with. Now, His physical appearance was no longer recognizable, but this was ordained that His spiritual nature might be known by all men. The complete destruction of the Body of Christ, His temple and His veil presented an image of revelation and a release of the life-giving power in the Holy Spirit. Now people would know Him by His Spirit and not His flesh. Befittingly, the destruction or sacrifice of our flesh upon the altar of our heart invites the power of the Holy Spirit to dwell within our temple.
- Every thing we hope to be was made manifest in the body of Jesus. Every thing that we observed Him do and become is not what we are are now but who we shall become!
15To give a human example, brothers:f even with a man-made covenant, no one annuls it or adds to it once it has been ratified. 16Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, “And to offsprings,” referring to many, but referring to one, “And to your offspring,” who is Christ. 17This is what I mean: the law, which came 430 years afterward, does not annul a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to make the promise void. 18For if the inheritance comes by the law, it no longer comes by promise; but God gave it to Abraham by a promise. 19Why then the law? It was added because of transgressions, until the offspring should come to whom the promise had been made, and it was put in place through angels by an intermediary. 20Now an intermediary implies more than one, but God is one. 21Is the law then contrary to the promises of God? Certainly not! For if a law had been given that could give life, then righteousness would indeed be by the law. 22But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. 23Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. 24So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. 25But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, 26for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. 27For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slaveg nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.